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Emergency Architecture and Development

Learn about participatory design, slum upgrading, post-conflict and post-disaster contexts

International Setting

A multicultural learning environment set in the heart of Barcelona

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The official Master of International Cooperation Sustainable Emergency Architecture is a unique MSc degree that prepares architects to develop and rebuild communities affected by rapid urbanization, poverty, conflict and natural disasters. The program forms part of the Erasmus Mundus European Cooperation Program and is located in Barcelona at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC).

Interdisciplinary and Interscalar

The only masters with a joint focus on international cooperation, sustainable urban development and emergency architecture that enables practitioners to manage projects with a holistic approach and ranging from the urban to the architectural scale.

Prestigious faculty

A prestigious roster of renowned international professors from the field of humanitarian architecture and design and the emergency and development sectors, as well as collaborating institutions and INGO’s, including UN-Habitat and the IFRC.

Multicultural environment

Much like our faculty, our students span over 30 different nationalities from both developed and developing countries around the world,  making for an exceptionally international and enriching learning environment, and a valuable professional network.

Job opportunities

A mandatory internship provides the connections and experience needed to secure positions in areas such as post-disaster and post-conflict contexts, foreign aid, human settlements, slum upgrading and infrastructure development.

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Food Banking: An emergency response to crisis in developed countries

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Poverty is widely perceived as an ailment of the developing world, but its reach extends to rich countries where the recent recession has only exacerbated the problem. The need for…


Live Stream Information Session 2016

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Want to make a positive impact on the world through architecture and design? If you’re interested in social impact design and have a degree in Architecture, Urban Planning, Urban Design,…


Podcast with Reena Tiwari on Community Development through Rhythmanalysis

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Our visiting faculty member Reena Tiwari was recently featured by cultural geographer Kevin S. Fox from Connecticut on his hour-long radio program Geographical Imaginations, “brief expeditions into the geographies of…


Global Collaborative Design Competition for Kenya

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UN-Habitat, in collaboration with Kenya’s Ministry of Land, Housing & Urban Development: Urban Development Department is calling on students from around the world to participate in a student design competition…

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